KLRU teams up with community partners for Play & Learn

KLRU  has partnered with the United Way Success By 6, Southeast Austin Community Branch Library and Any Baby Can to bring those in the Dove Springs Community an eight-week Play & Learn family workshop.

Play & Learn details

–Children between the ages of 2 and 3 years of age and their parents will enjoy songs, stories, games, a snack, and play time with friends.
–All activities are in English and Spanish, and will help you help your child get ready for success in school.
–Families will receive a free children’s book and activities to use at home and a $5.00 gift card each session.
–These sessions are FREE so space is limited and only open to the Dove Springs Community.
Please call the Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. to sign up.  (512) 974-8840
By signing up you are committing to attend all 8 sessions.


–Niños entre los 2 y los 3 años de edad y sus padres gozarán con canciones, cuentos, meriendas y juegos con amigos.
–Todas las actividades serán en inglés y en español y te ayudarán a tí y a tu niño o niña a prepararse para que tengan éxito en la escuela.
–Después de cada sesión, todas las familias recibirán un libro gratis, actividades para hacer en casa y una tarjeta de regalo de $5.00.
–El programa es GRATIS pero el espacio es limitado.
Para inscribirte por favor llama a la sucursal de Southeast, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd., (512) 974-8840
Al inscribirte te estás comprometiendo a participar en las 8 semanas completas.
Brought to you by United Way Success By 6, KLRU, and Southeast Austin Community Branch Library.
Facilitated by Any Baby Can.

KLRU to Participate in Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 1 p.m (CST).

The test will start at approximately 1 p.m. and will last :30 seconds. At this time, the public will hear a message indicating that “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio and television and ALL radio and television stations will be running this test.

The test will be conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The purpose of the test is to help government organizations and EAS Participants (radio and TV broadcast stations, cable operators and satellite radio and TV) determine the reliability of the EAS system. The test will serve as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of the EAS system, and for improvements in the EAS system going forward. FEMA and the FCC intend to conduct National EAS Tests on an annual basis.

Regular programming will be interrupted during the test. Once the test is completed we will join the program in progress.

Thank you for your patience.

KLRU adds Out in America to 6/12 schedule

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KLRU has added the documentary Out in America to the June schedule. This program will air on Sunday, June 12, at 7pm.

Out in America is an uplifting collection of unique, transformative stories and inspiring personal narratives told through the lens of the country’s most prominent LGBT figures and pioneers, as well as many average, yet extraordinary, citizens from Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. The program weaves together diverse stories – from urban and rural America, from the heartland to New England, from San Francisco to Harlem. Deeply moving and often humorous, viewers will get a glimpse of awakenings, first crushes, unlikely soul mates, intimacy and liberation. While separated by circumstance and upbringing, the film’s subjects are all united in their shared experiences of self-discovery, coming out, pride and love as well as a triumph over adversity and a true sense of belonging. Against the backdrop of historical events, each also traces their own hopes, struggles, influences and contributions towards advancements in equality and broad social change.

Also airing is  Montrose, Texas: The Transformation of a Neighborhood. This thirty-minute documentary airs at 8:30 pm Sunday and 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker shot into the national spotlight this year when she was elected the first openly GLBT mayor of a large city. Hers is one of the many voices featured in the documentary, Montrose, Texas: The Transformation of a Neighborhood. This program features community leaders Suzanne Anderson, Marion E. Coleman, John Danielson, Ray Hill, Jimmy Carper, Brandon Wolf, and City Council Member Sue Lovell, among others. Rare footage from The Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History brings back fond memories.

Other shows airing as part of Gay & Lesbian Pride Month include:
Stonewall Uprising:  American Experience airs Monday, June 13th at 8pm
Emile Norman—By His Own Design airs Monday, June 13th at 9:30 pm
Independent Lens “Two Spirits” airs Tuesday, June 14th at 9 pm
Find out more these programs here

KLRU celebrates Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Emile Norman at mural.

KLRU is proud to present the following programs for Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.

Stonewall Uprising:  American Experience airs Monday, June 13th at 8:00 pm.During Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, the encore presentation of STONEWALL UPRISING: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, this film revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. Hunted and often entrapped by undercover police in their hometowns, gays from around the U.S. began fleeing to New York in search of a sanctuary. Hounded there still by an aggressive police force, they found refuge in a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn. When police raided Stonewall on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

Emile Norman—By His Own Design airs Monday, June 13th at 9:30 pm. This film is a portrait of the artist Emile Norman, who, at age 88, is still working with the same passion that inspired him through seven decades of a changing art scene and turbulent times for a gay man in America. The film chronicles his early days in the San Gabriel Valley, his success in New York City and the freedom he found in Big Sur, where he and his partner of 30 years created a haven for artists that is still growing today.

Independent Lens “Two Spirits” airs Tuesday, June 14th at 9:00 pm.Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain in a hate crime at the age of 16. Martinez was also part of an honored Navajo tradition – the “nadleeh” or “two-spirit,” who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits.  Weaving Martinez’s story with commentary from his mother, fellow two-spirit community members and activists, this documentary explores the historical, spiritual and cultural significance of gender in the Navajo tradition as it relates to the crime that eventually took Martinez’s life.

Schedule Change: Gov. Perry's State of the State to air on 2/13/11 at 1 p.m.

KLRU will air a re-broadcast Governor Perry’s State of the State address on Sunday, February 13 at 1 p.m. on 18.1

Earlier this week, Governor Perry addressed an audience of both houses of the Texas Legislature for his customary State of the State address. The Governor provided guidance to legislators as they begin to work on the state budget and face an estimated $27 billion deficit.

KLRU is grateful to KVUE-TV, a subsidiary of Belo Corporation for providing this content.

Halfway there

KLRU is halfway to our goal, but the need for resources remains. In the last seven days, our community has given $122,000 towards our goal of $240,000. We have 10 days to go.  Give your gift now to help us reach our goal.

Tonight, we’ll be broadcasting live in the KLRU Studios for the fourth night this week. The list keeps growing: Newshour, Antiques RoadShow, Nova, The Story of Darrell Royal, Washington Week, Need to Know. We’re broadcasting the programs that matter to you most, but you make them possible through your support

Our ability to provide you the highest quality PBS programming, local productions, one-of-a kind events and community activities depends on you. We help you explore your world, and your support makes that exploration available to everyone.

Thank you for supporting and watching KLRU!

Story of Darral Royal tonight on KLRU

Tonight we present The Story of Darrell Royal at 7 pm. Narrated by Matthew McConaughey, this documentary features Willie Nelson, Earl Campbell, George W. Bush, Larry Gatlin, Keith Jackson, Ed Marinaro and many more.

KLRU’s guest tonight in the studio is Jenna McEachern.  She is the author of 100 Things Longhorn Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.  McEachern, is also the co-author of What It Means To Be A Longhorn, and is currently finishing a book project with Edith Royal for UT Press on letters sent to Coach Royal at his 85th birthday.

The first eight people to call in tonight and give $500 will receive a football signed by Coach Royal.

Membership drive update

KLRU is off to a great start, but the need for resources remains.  In the last four days, our community has given $81,000 towards our goal of $240,000.  We have 13 days to go.  Give your gift now to help us reach our goal and return to uninterrupted programming early.

Last night was a great example of how KLRU is changing the way we think about on-air fundraising.  We pledged ANTIQUES ROADSHOW live in our studios at its regular time.  Instead of offering expensive thank you gifts, KLRU offered tickets to an event that brings the community together.  By giving $120 in support of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, you can receive 2 tickets to the KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair in January. You’ll be entitled to bring up to three items to the event to have them appraised by local antiques experts. Help us continue to provide great content like ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by giving a gift now at this link.

A total of 80% of our funding comes from right here in Central Texas, at an average gift amount of $80.  Our ability to provide you the highest quality PBS programming, local productions, one-of-a kind events and outreach activities depends on you.  We help you explore your world, and your support makes that exploration available to everyone.

Thank you for supporting and watching KLRU!

The Experiment Continues, but the Need for Resources Remains

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS needs to raise $240,000 in the next 17 days.  If we reach our goal early, we’ll return to uninterrupted programming immediately.

As you know KLRU has experimented this year with ways to reduce our need to raise money via pledge.  In recent years we’ve reduced on-air pledge from 86 days to just 49 days so far this year.  In June, we tested pledging our regular schedule on five-consecutive nights, while highlighted groups doing good work in our community.  We stopped fundraising after 11pm on weeknights, so that Charlie Rose airs at its regular time.  During our March drive, we reduced the number of pledge interruptions by 20%, while investing new resources to raise money online.  Finally we reduced the use of expensive thank you gifts by offering tickets to events that fulfill our mission, while showing you our appreciation.

Next year, we plan to cut back on pledge as never before. However, the need for resources remains.  A total of 80% of our funding comes from right here in Central Texas, at an average gift amount of $80.  Our ability to provide you the highest quality PBS programming, local productions, one-of-a kind events and outreach activities depends on you.  We help you explore your world, and your support makes that exploration available to everyone.

Thank you for supporting and watching KLRU!